Approaches to delivering energy supplies to Ships in Port – Efficient energy management

Summary

The innovation exchange is looking for innovative solutions for delivering energy efficiently to ships whilst in port. This challenge is being split in to two sub-challenge: • making efficient connections and • this one, managing energy being delivered to ships. Solutions to this sub challenge must consider the availability of energy supply and the different demands of ships and port side equipment to explore efficient means of managing the electrical energy supplies, which are not infinite and are often in high demand. Electrical energy is supplied through a combination of predominantly grid supply and augmented by diesel powered generators and increasingly other non-fossil fuel derived sources including energy storage systems, such as large scale batteries, powered by PV or wind. A second challenge is exploring how to avoid the stranding of diesel-powered equipment as emissions regulations are tightened and owners are seeking non-fossil fuelled alternatives. The winning business(es) in this competition will be given an opportunity to present their solutions to a group of major port operators such as the Royal Navy, ABP Limited, BAE Systems, Port of Cromarty Firth, Forth Ports Limited, Port of London Authority, Vattenfall Networks with the potential of a commercial opportunity to deliver their solution.

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